What is a Clothes Dryer?

A clothes dryer, also called a tumble dryer, is an appliance used to extract water from damp clothes after washing. Most dryers possess a rotating drum, sometimes in the shape of a cylinder, that spins wet clothes until they become dry. The water abstracted is then converted into hot air and released into the atmosphere using the vent attached behind the machine.

The clothes dryer is arguably a costly necessity as it helps to ease the stress of sun-drying clothes after laundry, but if you’re contemplating acquiring a clothes dryer, have you weighed out the pros and cons?

Man putting clothes into the clothes dryer
Man putting clothes into the clothes dryer

User Guide

Considering the clothes dryer electricity consumption and drying technique, it is advised against flammable fabrics, especially those made from plastic as it becomes prone to fire. Some clothes dryers consume gas that mixes with the expelled air while running. This is why they are considered harmful and should be used outdoors.

However convenient the enticing technology is, it is important to note that nothing is ever without its advantages and disadvantages. This is why we want to examine the pros and cons of a clothes dryer.


1. Let’s face it, another definition for stress is sun-drying clothes after laundry. You have to turn them over from time to time and hold them with pegs to prevent them from falling off the clothes line. Plus, we already emphasized how harmful this can be for fabrics in our previous post. So, why not?

2. A clothes dryer is efficiently fast. That being said, you can launder and dry your clothes in a quarter of the time it takes them to dry in the sunlight.

3. Although not encouraged by environmentalists, the tumble dryer can be used to aid humidity and heat up indoors in the dry and wet seasons as a result of the extracted vaporised water from the vent.

4. Easy wash and wear.


1. Clothes dryers can be expensive and energy consuming. This is why they are mostly used in large and profitable establishments like hotels, where laundry can be done in large quantity and on time.

2. Delicate clothes require more care with a suitable clothes dryer called the Drying Cabinet. Although expensive, the drying cabinet resembles an electrical clothes hanger, enabling delicate clothes to be hung or folded in place and then air blown to dry in an enclosed space. A factor to consider if your closet is an array of various fabrics.

3. Clothes dryers require excellent care and thorough cleaning, especially of the vents and compressors, to remove lints from clothes that can block the passage way for hot air and cause the machine to become slow and energy consuming.

4. Lastly, according to ACEEE.org, clothes dryers are the largest consumers of electricity in the home, next to the refrigerator and freezer.

Hello, electricity bill!

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